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Falling Skies (2011)
Independence Day meets Seventh Heaven - 6.7 Stars...really?
Like many others I had high expectations for Falling Skies. I love anything sci-fi and to see Spielberg's name on it, I figured it was a sure thing. Sad to say...thus far I'm disappointed.
The characters and their lines are painfully cliché. It's cringe-worthy to watch. If the acting was better, it could possibly make up for the fact that #thishasallbeendonebeforemanymanytimes". I haven't seen any fresh ways of looking at the post-apocalyptic, alien invasion story line, so far with this series.
The whole thing feels like "Independence Day" meets "Seventh Heaven."
Adding insult to injury, TNT runs commercials at what seems like 5- minute intervals. I'm sure it's not quite that often, but it does feel that way.
I'm really surprised it's received 6.7 stars so far. I hope it eventually lives up to them.
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Watch the previews, skip the movie.
I was looking forward to this movie after seeing the previews. After watching the whole movie, I wish I'd just stuck with the previews and saved myself the extra hour and a half. The movie is choppy, badly acted, and full of tantalizing "hints" that never go anywhere.
A friend of mine had already told me he was disappointed because the movie wasn't anything like what he expected after seeing the previews. He said it was very "Twilight-ish". I went into it with an open mind, hoping maybe it just hit him wrong.
From the first 10 minutes, I realized he was absolutely, 100% spot on in his comparisons. From the music, the "Edward" hair on the main character's love interest, the choppy way the events unfold (or failed to unfold), even the love triangle, I kept thinking, "This has got to be by the same people that did Twilight." So, I looked it up right here on IMDb, and yes, the director of Twilight was one and the same for Red Riding Hood.
I looked up the director's profile, and realized that this must just be her style. I don't care for any of her movies.
I like a movie that doesn't spell everything out at the very beginning, but if I get to the end and I'm still wondering what the point was, I just think, well..."what was the point?"